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Analyzing Witchcraft Beliefs

  • Jane F. Collier

Abstract

In 1967–1968, when I was doing field research for my dissertation on “law” in the Tzotzil Maya community of Zinacantan, Chiapas, Mexico, I periodically took time off from collecting cases to explore a particular topic in depth. I spent a month focusing on marital problems, collecting accounts of all the divorces and reconciliations that had occurred within memory in one Zinacanteco hamlet of 600 people. The two months I spent analyzing witchcraft beliefs, however, were the most fruitful by far. Analyzing witchcraft helped me not only to solve puzzles that had arisen in my analysis of cases, but also gave me a way of fitting my growing understanding of Zinacanteco law into the theoretical shifts that were occurring in American anthropology in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Social Control Project Member Town Hall Religious Post Judicial Process 
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© June Starr and Mark Goodale 2002

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